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Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on 1972-03-23

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Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on 1972-03-23

Set 1

China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Chinatown Shuffle
Brown Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Cumberland Blues
Looks Like Rain
Mr. Charlie
Tennessee Jed
El Paso
You Win Again
Jack Straw
Next Time You See Me
Playing In The Band
Comes A Time
Me And Bobby McGee
Casey Jones

Set 2

Ramble On Rose
Two Souls In Communion
Mexicali Blues
Dark Star
Big Boss Man
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Not Fade Away

Sugar Magnolia

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Academy of Music
Location New York, NY

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Apogee AD500 -> Dat (48k)
Lineage Dat (Sony D8) -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Bobby plays the Weather Report Suite intro after Chinatown Shuffle
-- Hundreds of flaws removed, but some may still remain
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2017
Subject: -
Was looking forward to the Dark Star, but 1972s sheer, stark lack of distortion and warmth makes this song actually boring. Still, it's a good show.
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2016
Subject: Incredible restoration of run's top

The 3rd show of the run is probably the best - the bookends (28th) close behind. There's a big 1st set: 18 songs/2 hrs, but long gaps, like Veneta or 5/7/77, though the songs themselves are pretty concise on this night until the Dawk Staw. The set varied little this week, as they prepared for E72 and readied a couple new songs. This was the last Pig-heavy run.

First Set. China Cat is good but the Rider is great. Bobby's rhythm figures are awesome and during the verse listen for Jer slamming a counter-rhythm. Black Throated is out of tune and takes awhile to get the momentum back. Bobby teases his plucked-string project, that would eventually become Weather Report Prelude, before Brown Eyed Women. He and Billy both tease Greatest Story before Beat it on Down the Line-14. There's some feedback but it doesn't stop Donna from rocking on out. Give some attention to Bobby on Cumberland and you'll see he's having a great show. The 3rd-ever Looks Like Rain is the first great one. Jer was on pedal steel for the original arrangement and though it's not unique like the 28th it's solid. It was played every night of the run - Bobby getting it polished for E72. After a mostly trainwrecked Tennessee Jed (until the solo anyway), the rest of the set pretty much shines. Check Keith on You Win Again. The best versions of Jack Straw are like pinball (google it, kids). There are lots of ace Next Time You See Mes in '72; else this would seem better. The Playing sounds just like an E72. Comes a Time just gets by but the Me & Bobby McGee stands against any in '72 - and they played it a lot.

Second Set. Truckin' has a nice tempo - and Bobby screeching. Everybody plays hot hot hot on Ramble. Bobby makes a comment before Two Souls that wouldn't air today and probably wasn't appreciated by half at the time. An uptempo Mexicali is, unusually, right in the middle of the 2nd set, but has a Jer tornado anyway. He uses double stops on Big Boss Man and riffs he used in '67. The Dawk Staw is better than those on E72. It's one for those that like the acid jazz slash noise experiments and dissonant sequences. There's a great section that becomes very musical and goes into a brief Feelin' Groovy, then other areas, until, on a peak, Jer dramatically drops back into the main riff. The sole Dawk Staw of the run, it's not quite like any other '72. Billy teases NFA at the end but Jer makes it a stand-alone. Phew. Billy then starts crazy fast for Not Fade Away and Jer spins rock-n-roll styled riffs from '69. Goin' Down the Road is prime GD with wow-Jer-magic. Bobby just screams his way through the NFA reprise. Sugar Magnolia has appeared on set lists but it's likely there was no encore, given that it was on neither the AUDs nor the Betty Board - and only rarely an encore (and not in '72; though it did end the 2nd set several times that fall. The encores at this time were all One More Saturday Night).

1st Set:  B-
2nd Set: A
Overall = 4½

I Know You Rider - Bobby's rhythm & Jer's counter attack
Jack Straw - like pinball
Playing in the Band - like the best E72
Me & Bobby McGee - perfect rendition
Ramble on Rose - One of 72's best - this is where it became great
Mexicali Blues - Jer tornado
Dark Star - some wander around; this takes you on a journey
Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - Everybody is hot. GD magic.

SOURCES: The miller.100000 is an incredible restoration - Rob Eaton cleaned the entire tape by hand, like an Egyptian relic (though obviously more valuable), Charlie mastered. Sounds great. The SirMick SBD is also good. Both Playing and Dark Star are on the bonus disc of the first pressing of Rockin' the Rhein (though the Playing is mislabeled).
Reviewer: Mr7171551 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2015
Subject: Stars Galore
Wow,just finished listening to Bobby screaming hoarsely,NOT FADE AWAY. What a great show, LLR is very good and the pedal steel that Jerry uses on these showss really appeal to me. LLR is not one of my faves and often I skip through it. The Dark Star is very very good(see comments below)Agree, that it does sound like Jerry almost touches on the Jessica riff. VG Big Boss Man, but noone has mentioned Truckin'. One of the best versions I've heard.Tight,even the singing and harmonies are not too bad. Well worth a listen from a band at their very best IMHO.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2013
Subject: cheeseless
This very affecting Looks Like Rain is the best one, in my opinion. The rest of the show shows promise for the great year ahead.
Reviewer: Tidewater four ten O nine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2013
Subject: Looks Like Rain
someone recently asked about recommended 'LLRs'. I was too busy to post at the time, but I was thinking of this one and other '72 'pedal steel' 'LLRs'.

5 stars for the whole shaboodle.

"100,000 - sheer coincidence.

But I don't believe in coincidences.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2013
Subject: --
'72 Dead announce they are positively, undeniably here. Probably the best representative of the famous Brooklyn Academy run; aside from Jerry having no idea what to do with Tennessee Jed in the first set, the rest of this show is absolutely perfect. THIS should have been a Dick's Picks release!
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2012
Subject: great tune
man i just can't get enough of this stuff from when i was still wet behind the ears especially the tune Two Souls In Communion just a great great tune and this one is killer the rest of the show rocks too killer Dark Star and perhaps one of the best Boss Mans around all in all gotta give this one a 5 and i hate just writing in a 5 but this show smokes playing and recording wise Thanks Boys and Older Heads for keep them going cuz if no one saw early i'd have never saw em later
Reviewer: cortelle - - November 27, 2012
Subject: LLR with pedal steel
From what I can tell, Garcia had his pedal steel set up for this whole run of shows at the Academy of Music. The recording from the 21st is nice and has steel much like this version, but JG hits what a Deadhead would call "an intense note!" (others call them 'clams') that is unfortunate. The recordings from the rest of the run suffer from sound quality issues and are more of an 'archival' sound, thought they too feature JG on pedal steel for LLR.

What blows me away about the version of LLR from this show (03-23-1972) in addition to the steel guitar (much like JG played on "Ace") is the backing vocals of Phil. He is singing the parts that Donna would come to sing when she joined the fun. He is really going for it and it sounds great!!

This is one of my 2 or 3 favorite versions of Looks Like Rain, along with May 14, 1978. Great first solo in that one! (
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2012
Subject: Just a reminder...
...I've got to listen to more '72 shows. I'm a big fan of the jazzier, more laid-back sounds from 73-74 so I often overlook this stupendous year. Tight, compact rock played to perfection. I also forget how new and fresh all this material sounded before they played it all into the ground by the end.
Favourites for me were a rollicking Cumberland, a gorgeous Comes a Time and a soulful Two Souls In Communion. I've gotta listen to this whole run again!
Reviewer: DTomatoe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2012
Subject: Great show
I was at this show. This soundboard does it justice. The Looks Like Rain with the pedal steel was, I believe, the first and only time they used the pedal steel. Kind of strange at the time, but wonderful too. One of the greatest shows from what I believe is the greatest era for the band.
Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2012
Subject: yummy
good sound quality.good song selection and good dark the viewer below kieth started playing with them before the 72 europe tour and piggy was getting sicker throughout that whole tour so didnt play much but sang some songs most nights on that tour. when they got back from europe kieth pretty much took his spot and piggy was history in 73'. he does a great chinatown,mr charlie,and two souls and big boss man on this show.piggy was sick but still rocking harder than ever in 72'
Reviewer: UnclePete - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2011
Subject: Whew!
If ever a band embodied, within its music, the Zeitgeist of a time and place, it is this band. I'm asked a lot of questions about this music from younger folks, and sometimes all I can say is, "you had to be there". I don't mean anything condescending at just really need to be there to completely "get it".
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 14, 2011
Subject: Allman Dark Star
I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Allman-esque riffs from 16:30 to 19:00 in Dark Star! And the pedal steel LLR - how could this show be less than 5 stars?

I always thought they peaked in December of '71. Change that to March of '72. And Charlie Miller's name on it is like Owsley's name on a batch of acid - the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - - December 6, 2010
Subject: 1972- 3-23
I see where someone said this was a Pigpen AND Keith show. How many times did that happen? I dont think it could have been often.
Reviewer: gratefulvince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2010
Subject: Awesome Dark Star
I'm listening to this Dark Star right now...trippy shit man. No seriously though this one kicks ass. Personally I my favorite period for Dark Star is '72-'74. There are just too many amazing versions. This is one of those ones that sorta drops into a spacey bit for a while all the instruments mingle if you will with each other. Phil does some awesome stuff with his bass starting around the 12:00 mark.
Things really pick up though starting around the 16:00 mark - just pure beautiful group improv, one of those jams where it sounds like they're composing a new song on the spot. Seriously the jam from around the 16:00 mark towards the end is as magnificent as anything I've ever heard them play. Jerry's guitar playing is so melodic and beautiful. I'm surprised this Dark Star doesn't get more attention. One of the best of the year IMO.
Reviewer: RMilite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2010
Subject: Real Deal
ThanKs for a great posting of one of my first shows -; the gaps are PRICELESS
Reviewer: westech - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2010
Subject: What a tune up for Europe
Wow, firing on all cylanders right before jetting off to the Europe '72 tour. Pretty much at their artistic height of power. The lest vestiges of Pigpen's influence on the band stil a mice mix of blues, cowboy songs, bluegrass influence and upfront smash you in the face rock and roll. Garcia's mind and hands are fast and flexible. The whole concert is great but this Not Fade Away >> GDTRFB >>> Not Fade Away outsmokes the Skull and Roses version which I tend to use as my barometer for evaluating renditions of this classic GD sandwich. A great great show. I even enjoyed the buzzes, pops and hums which to me is a reflection of the shear power these guys are trying to push through their equipment.
Reviewer: 1kndfavor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2010
Subject: I can't stay here much longer Melinda!
This cumberland really got me going! I was re-stringing my guitar for a little gig tonight and I just turned as soon as those doscile notes grazed my ears! Brown-Eyed also sruck a chord as well as one of the most beautiful LLR's I've heard in a while.
Give this one a five for good reason...

B.T.W- Sound is great, good job Mr. Miller!
Reviewer: gratefuldiver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2010
Subject: SHNID 100k
Charlie Miller, congrats for achieving such a measure of praise from your peers and fans! I've got my fingers crossed that we'll have the opportunity to save SHNID 1M for you also.

I don't normally comment on performances (too subjective), but the LLR is incredible. It's hard to believe this is the same song as any version from 1977 (not to mention the Halloween 1985 insanity).

Reviewer: foreveryoung2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2009
Subject: Dark Star
This is what's all about!!
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2009
Subject: Yes!!!
I only had the last few songs of this show and was listening to big boss man wondering why i didnt listen to this more. then i jumped online, found Millers upload and started listening to every song.

I was baffled as to why i didnt have most of these songs then realized that this was uploaded within the last 6 months (after i had last searched for this show).

Thank you for putting this online, Charlie, such an amazing show!!!

I'll be digging into this one for a while.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2009
Flawless performance. As for the sound Charlie just keeps amazing me.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" March 23, 1972 at the Academy of Music, New York City, New York, U.S.A.


* * * * * "PIGPEN & KEITH Show" * * * * *

~ Classic Superduper 72' Soundboard ~

Five stars for the mix, recording, performance, transfer, & "dance-ability".

If you haven't clicked on Charlie Miller's name and collected ALL his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, you should, he has impeccable taste. God Bless Mister Charlie Miller.

I highly recommend adding this NYC show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

This is a "Must Have" show for all us Pigpen and Keith fans.

The New York City crowds always brought out the best in the GRATEFUL DEAD. The boys are pumped up for the "wild" NYC crowd.

I remember seeing the microphones at this show, and I thought I remembered seeing video cameras too....where's the video, man?

The 14th St Theater (Academy of Music) was an old vaudeville house, then it became a movie theater. Funky and full of character it was huge, with 4 or 5 balconies. Complete with mirror ball hanging from the ceiling casting lights all over the people, stage and theater. Quite a spectacle when the seats were filled with hippys, freaks, weirdos, drop-outs, druggies and other counter-culter elite.

I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.

Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.

Solid, "In the Pocket" performances of all our favorite songs from the 1972 set list.

Here's one way to download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1972.

PS: Here's the link to all the GRATEFUL DEAD shows at the Academy of Music:

Freedom of speech is sayin' the things you don't want to hear isn't it, or is it burning the American flag, I get confused?
Reviewer: Sinster - - July 19, 2009
Subject: Pointless
To the two of you slinging mud, what's the point? I'm reading these reviews for insight into the music. I'm not looking for comments about others' reviews or comments nor am I looking for ignorant political statements. Got plenty of that from both of your ridiculous posts. Cool it out, boys. You should know better.
Reviewer: RobertTKeeley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2009
Subject: Just another a big thanks...
Wow, thanks Charlie for the incredible amount of time and dedication to this work and the countless others. This recording will make so many people happy for years and years to come. I hope you get everything you hope for in life.
Thanks also to all the people that make this recording available.
Robert Keeley
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2009
Subject: A Real Weirdo
Hey oh uh um ah, It's aparent that: A) You have never seen the Grateful Dead. B) We are all getting tired of your repetitious, self absorbing diatribe bullshit. C) That you're too stupid to realize that you are fuckin' it up for everyone else. D) You need to put daddy's gun back where you found it. E) Grow up fool!
Reviewer: D_Raam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2009
Subject: Queen Chinee Closet
Note that Garcia sings the second China Cat verse twice. The three part harmony in Rider is glorious. When exactly did they disappear?
Reviewer: Dr.Unclear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: A fitting tribute to CM's efforts to date
As the shnid system approached id number 100000, a group of individuals formed an online petition to reserve shnid 100000 for Charlie Miller. With about 800 signatures, the admins obliged and this transfer was given shnid 100000 in honor of Charlie Miller's contribute to the community to date.

What a fitting recording to represent this milestone! This is the most complete circulating version of this show. This board sounds fantastic!
Reviewer: BVD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: school nites
This was my third or fourth show. Went to the Academy run begging my parents to let me stay out late on some school nites! this show is embedded in my brain all these years later. It was my first Dark Star and Mr. Miller has weaved his magic again. Thanks Charlie...Thanks archive!!
Reviewer: Mu-tron - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2009
Subject: Best band in the world.... this point in time. This recording showcases the greatness that is the Grateful Dead. Thanks to Mr. Miller for a beautiful sonic delight.
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